In a new report published by
Meanwhile, a large group of former and current employees — male and female — described some of the troubling behavior seen within the pair’s B&B Hospitality Group restaurants!
With some seeing their harassers get promoted or moved to other restaurants within company (referred to as the “B&B shuffle”), others recalled feeling they might be reprimanded or blacklisted for reporting the inappropriate behavior.
In a statement in response, Mario shared he wanted all his employees “to feel comfortable and safe”:
“I now realize that my completely inappropriate behavior impacted the behavior of others who worked in the restaurants. I am truly sorry and am very ashamed. It was never my intention to humiliate, cause discomfort or pain to anyone in the operations in any way.”
Additionally, B&B Hospitality Group hinted at a restructuring, with Joe’s mom chef Lidia Bastianich and Nancy Silverton taking on leadership roles “to help ensure everyone has a safe and positive workplace and to steer our culinary direction.” While they do have sexual harassment policies in place, they admitted:
“It has become clear that we need to improve our culture.”
There will be senior employees to oversee operations, along with an outside firm surveying staff to “examine the compliance” of their policies:
“We have fallen short in creating an environment where every employee feels comfortable reporting complaints. And we have fallen short at times when enforcing our policies. We are already taking steps to change.”
You can read the report in full HERE, especially to get more important details about the specific sexual harassment claims within their restaurants!
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